Two teenagers have admitted to being the people in the CCTV showing a poppy display being defaced outside a Wilmslow shop in the early hours of Wednesday 11 November.
The incident was not reported to police but the shop did post CCTV footage of the act on Facebook causing social media interest on a national level.
Chief Inspector Rob Dickinson said: “The girls aged 17 and 18 were quickly identified and have shown full remorse for their actions. On speaking with the shop owners they confirmed they didn’t want to make a formal complaint against the pair but are fully aware of the action which has been taken by the police.
"As part of the Restorative Justice process the girls have written a letter of apology to the shop-owner, and have made a donation to the Poppy Appeal. In consultation with Cheshire Police the Royal British Legion are also explaining to the girls the significance of the poppies and Remembrance Day and the impact their actions have had.”